Are you singing like Sebastian yet? We were in our house a few weekends ago!
A while back I posted about making some Message in a Bottle invitations for my daughter’s 2nd Birthday, and gee how that time has flown. It’s always a bit different setting up a party of your own, especially because my mind changed changed on a daily basis around what I wanted to party to look like. I could write my own brief but I know I’d never stick to it.
My little girl Lucy for a while there had a fascination with Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid and she wanted to watch the movies every day. Lucky I love Disney films, that’s all I can say! I wanted to create the feel of an underwater party for her but without the obvious links to the commercial films. The colour palette was light pink, blue and green which would give it a girly underwater appearance without going overboard (pardon the pun!) I wanted to incorporate lots of shells, scalloped patterns, seaweed and coral.
The space we had to work is was quite small, given our house is a small terrace and the kitchen/dining/living space is all in the one room. Also being a Melbourne (almost) winter, there was no guarantee that we would be able to extend the party into the back yard – however I am thankful that the weather held out for us. After moving all of our regular furniture around or out I think the space ended up working quite well.
I did have some fabulous help from some of my local mummy suppliers – Let’s Celebrate Parties had the balloons and the cookie cutters, The Cupcake Maker made the beautiful cake and Tiny Tables and Chairs hired us the childrens size trestle table. I also have to give a big thankyou to Michelle B for all her help setting up and painting my chairs!! And to my gorgeous mum and sister for their help too.
Now I’m sure you want to see some pictures so here we go!
We decided on a costume favour instead of lolly bags, so each guest got to take home a mermaid or a fishy tail that my mum and I created. Lollies and 2y/o’s aren’t a good mix, especially after enough sugar at the party! we also dipped the cutlery ends in mod podge & glitter to give some extra sparkle to the pace settings
Our lounge room transformed for the under the sea party. Seaweed streamers made up a chandelier and ran the whole length of one wall
The Food Table, drinks and presents tables set under the seaweed streamers. We handmade the table skirt for the food table.
I couldn’t find the chairs I wanted anywhere for hire, so after a few weeks of scouting I came up with 12 gorgeous little vintage wooden chairs. We sanded them back and painted them off white. I think they were perfect! They’re now part of our equipment for hire.
I wanted the balloons to look like jellyfish floating above the table, I think they look a bit more like balloons with seaweed hanging from them, but I was happy with the result :)
How divine is the birthday cake?!? I have to also mention that all the digital design was done in house. I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted elsewhere, so I extended my photoshop skills and I’m very happy! I created the backdrop, invites, place cards, food labels and entry sign.
The Party was not without it’s disasters. Don’t look too closely at the tableskirt, and these little jelly cups with crocodiles were meant to be a single moulded jellyfish. Always the way, the mould worked perfectly in all my practice runs, but this one fell to bits as I was turning it out. :( Lucky I had the little jars handy!
Starfish and Dolphin sandwiches, Seahorse and Fishy iced cookies, Cheesy Pasta shells over the back there. All the food had an underwater theme too
These were by far my favourite!
The food table in its entirety. Just enough to feed a horde of toddlers :)
The Birthday Girl’s chair
And who doesn’t love home made cupcakes, especially when they’re made by Aunty Shell Shell? These were our little sand dollars. Not perfect looking but gosh they tasted amazing!
So I’m looking forward to a nice laid back picnic in the park next year…..maybe…..actually I have had my eye on a full sized carousel horse which would make a beautiful centrepiece ;)